Held at the end of July 2018, there was a record turnout for this event, which was held in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch.
Starting in Auckland on Monday 23rd July, principals from our New Zealand and Australia portfolio came together to pour a selection of their wines for the trade during the afternoon and consumers in the evening.
For the 2018 tour, from Australia there was Brokenwood, d’Arenberg, Jim Barry, Langmeil, Vasse Felix and Yalumba. Participating from New Zealand there was, Ant Mackenzie Wines, Auntsfield, Black Barn, Dry River, Fromm, Greywacke, Huia, Joiy, Misha’s Vineyard, Mt Beautiful, Nautilus, Opawa, Palliser, Rippon, Saint Clair, Two Paddocks and Urlar. Antipodes Water and the Coravin wine preservation system also had a stand each.
During each trade session, masterclass tastings were also run.
There were two themes, the first being Chardonnay Styles – Is it terroir or is it winemaker? This tasting had participants being led by a panel of winemakers tasting Chardonnay from the Margaret River, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough and Martinborough, as well as a surprise wine from Burgundy. The effects of terroir for each wine and the different winemaking techniques were discussed.
The other masterclass was a New Zealand Pinot Noir comparison tasting of current vintage versus an older vintage from the same vineyard. The older vintage had to be at least five years older than the current vintage and discussion was based around the theme - is it better drinking young or old NZ Pinot Noir? The oldest wine shown was a 1998 Dry River Pinot Noir, so it really was a rare opportunity for participants to try some wines that are no longer available for sale and to assess some of the characteristics that can occur in older wines and whether it is worthwhile to cellar.
Throughout all four venues, we were very pleased to be able to pour all wines in Riedel glassware.